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BDP bags fire station schemes 

BDP is to design nine new fire stations in London

The Manchester-headquartered practice secured the work as part of the Kier-led Blue 3 consortium which has reached financial close on a private finance initiative for the London Fire Brigade.

Stations at Dagenham, Dockhead, Leytonstone, Old Kent Road, Orpington, Plaistow, Purley and Shadwell will be rebuilt on their existing sites. Mitcham fire station will be built on a new site.

All nine projects will target a BREEAM Outstanding rating. Sustainable design features include natural ventilation coupled with exposed thermal mass to ensure comfortable temperatures all year round.

BDP architect director James Baker said: ‘It is great to move forward to construction after over three years of this project on BDP’s drawing board.

‘The stations will provide fantastic accommodation for staff and users alike, and real community assets with design commonality across the suite of nine projects.’ 

London Fire Brigade assistant commissioner for technical and service support Dominic Ellis said: ‘Some of our fire stations are over 100 years old and struggle to meet the demands of a modern fire and rescue service.

‘This rebuilding programme will bring some of our oldest stations up to date and provide us with brand new facilities fit for the 21st Century.

‘The community spaces that these stations will provide also reinforce our commitment to providing fire safety education and advice to Londoners – something that we believe has played a key role in the fall in fires and deaths and injuries from fire over the last 10 years.’

AJ reported last week that BDP has cut ties with its floundering final-salary pension scheme, which was threatening the practice’s financial sustainability

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